Cuomo recommends specific type of air filters for business; mandatory for malls

Cuomo recommends specific type of air filters for business; mandatory for malls

WNYT Staff
Updated: June 29, 2020 04:24 PM
Created: June 29, 2020 02:05 PM

Coronavirus continues a decline in New York state as Gov. Cuomo announced new recommendations and guidelines for malls to reopen.

Gov. Cuomo is recommending businesses and offices across the state install High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters with a high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). These filters must be installed in large malls before they can re-open.

The governor announced there are 853 people hospitalized in the state and there were seven new deaths on Sunday.

The rolling three-day average of deaths is eight.

In the Capital Region, the number of positive tests dropped from 0.7 percent on Saturday to 0.5 percent on Sunday and from 2.3 percent on Saturday to 2.2 percent on Sunday in the Mohawk Valley.

Gov. Cuomo also noted a handful of coronavirus clusters in New York state that they have been contact tracing, including 12 people who tested positive at Vermont Slate Quarry in Washington County and 74 people who tested positive at an aluminum factory in Montgomery County.

The governor also expressed some concerns with indoor dining, especially as New York City is considered for Phase 3 of re-opening.

"Indoor dining has shown that it has been problematic. That a virus spreads in closed indoor areas that have air-conditioned systems. So we know that indoor dining has been problematic. Outdoor dining has worked very well all across the state."

Towards the end of his briefing, the governor unveiled a large 3D model showing the "curve" of coronavirus in New York state.

"One mountain was enough," said the governor. "We don't want to do it again."

You can watch Gov. Cuomo's full coronavirus update here.

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